Are Digital PSN Games Tied To Account?


Want to upgrade to the PS5 but not sure if the games you bought with your hard earned money will transfer over? I can understand that you paid for those games and you have a right to know! Don’t worry, I will answer all questions you have.

Digital purchases including games and downloadable content are tied to a PSN account, not a specific console. If you sign into a PSN account no matter what console you will be able to use all the services tied to that account, including PS Plus and playing purchased games.

I will explain how to transfer Digital games from PS4 to PS5, if you can get refunds on digital PSN purchases and if you even own your digital games. Read on to find out!

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Why Digital Games Are Tied To Your Account

Think of your PSN subscription like any other online membership site, like Netflix or Apple music. Whatever you purchase under one subscription is tied to that account rather than any device.

If you have an iPhone 7 and buy music under your Apple ID, if you sell your iPhone and buy an iPhone 12 then your music would transfer over to the iPhone 12 it is EXACTLY the same with your PlayStation digital games as they correspond to your ID, not the console.

Can You Transfer Digital Games From PS4 To PS5?

All digital games, game data, and game saves can be transferred from a PS4 console to a PS5 using LAN cables, or by connecting with Wi-Fi or via an external hard drive. If you’re a PS Plus member you can sync PS4 game saves to your PS5 with cloud storage.

This comes from Sony’s official blog that you can access here, but the ability to transfer game saves from PS4 and the PS5 version of the game is a developers decision and will vary between cross-generational games

To see if you should buy a PS5 now or wait for the PS5 pro check out my post here.

What PS4 Games Are Playable On PS5?

The majority of the 4000+ PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles, but games on the PlayStation store only playable on PS4 will be marked with ‘PS4 only’. Physical PS4 games can only be played via the PS5 disc console to upgrade to the PS5 version of the game and transfer save files over.

Certain PS4 games will benefit from the PS5 consoles game boost, which can improve the frame rate or make it smoother, learn more about the feature in this article by pushsquare.

Whilst you can play most of your PS4 games on PS5 some functionalities on PS4 may not work on PS5, and games on a game by game basis might exhibit errors or unexpected behaviors when played on PS5.

Sony warns before buying add-ons like DLC to play PS4 games on your PS5 play the game first, to see if you’re happy with the experience and make sure to update your PS5 to the latest version of the system software.

Can You Refund PlayStation Digitial Games?

Games, game add-ons season passes, in-game consumables can all be canceled within 14 days from the date of purchase to receive a refund but you could have started to download or stream the purchase.

How To Get A Refund On PlayStation Purchases

  1. Go to PlayStation support and select [request a refund] to talk to a real person
  2. Tell the PlayStation support and mention the downloadable content and say you bought the game by accident

You can access PlayStation support via this link

Do I Own My Digital Games?

When you buy a physical or digital game you are paying for the license to play that specific copy of the game, there is no difference between buying a physical or digital game as ownership rights are concerned.

To see if you should buy physical or digital games check out my post here.

Copyright of every game is owned by the developer unless the creator themselves have the rights or it is desingated to the public domain. Even if the creator is out of business like some SNES game companies, likely they have sold their IP(intelltecual properly) so someone else owns the games.

Owning a physical copy of a game, does NOT give legal rights to download a ROM copy of the game, as that physical copy only gives license to play that specific license of the game, not the right to the game itself.

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